David M. Okorn has been the executive director of LICF since 2010. He began his career at
LICF in 2008 as the Foundation’s director of advancement and donor relations. Previously, he was the senior vice president of development and external relations at Abilities, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children with disabilities. Prior to that he held positions as director of community relations at KeySpan and executive director of the KeySpan Foundation.
Dave received his B.S. and M.S. in Business Administration and Energy Management at New York Institute of Technology -Old Westbury. He is a member of the board of directors of the Long Island Volunteer Center and the Better Business Bureau Foundation. Dave was recently appointed as a Member of the Long Island State Park, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commission by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Marie C. Smith has been the director of donor relations and communications at LICF since April 2011. Marie provides excellent service to donors while effectively promoting the Foundation’s mission and activities. Prior to joining LICF, she was director of strategic partnerships at Consolidated Edison where she led the company’s corporate giving strategy, managed community relations, charitable giving, volunteerism and special events programs.
A graduate of Hofstra University, Marie has a B.S. in Business Administration and
completed her Masters in Organizational Leadership with Mercy College in 2002. She
is the former chairperson for the NYC Contributions Advisory Group (CAG) and
completed a certification in Planned Giving at Molloy College.
Jeannie has over thirty years of corporate and not-for-profit experience, specializing in program administration. Jeannie’s enthusiasm and commitment to community service was cultivated during her career with LILCO/KeySpan. Supporting a senior executive who managed the both the KeySpan Foundation and Environmental & Community Affairs, she got involved with many local organizations and various community improvement projects. Always seeking ways to help protect the environment, she implemented a corporate cell phone donation program and coordinated several beach and park clean-up projects.
Jeanne left KeySpan to pursue a career in the not-for-profit community. She provided her administrative, grant writing and event planning skills to several local organizations, including the Nature Conservancy of Long Island, the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research, and the Long Island Philharmonic.
Sol Marie has been with LICF since 2009. As senior program officer, she oversees the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking program, which distributes approximately $2.5 million annually. Prior to LICF she worked at Sustainable Long Island where she directed the organization’s community revitalization and brownfield redevelopment programs. Before working on Long Island, Sol Marie spent 17 years working in New York City: 12 years overseeing academic enrichment and college preparation programs at Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and five years as a community liaison in Governor Mario Cuomo’s Office of Hispanic Affairs. She is a member of NYS Health Foundation Community Advisory Committee and serves as an advisory member of the Regional Planning Association’s fourth regional plan, a long vision for the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut region’s shared prosperity, health and livability, resiliency, and good governance.
A graduate of the University of Rochester, Sol Marie received a B.A. in 1987. Her professional certifications include the Columbia Business School’s Nonprofit Management Program and the American Express Non-Profit Executives Leadership Academy. She is a member of the Energeia Partnership’s class of 2011, a leadership academy dedicated to identifying and addressing complex and multi-dimensional issues challenging the Long Island region.
Melissa is our team’s newest member. As program officer, she supports the Foundation’s competitive grantmaking, as well as our special initiatives and collaborative funds. In her role, she is building on LICF’s knowledge of our region’s strengths, challenges, resources, and needs.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Melissa was Senior Staff Attorney at Pro Bono Partnership where she provided direct legal services to nonprofit organizations in New York (Long Island office), recruited and coordinated volunteer attorneys to assist clients, and presented legal workshops on topics relevant to nonprofit executives and board members.
Melissa previously served as the Pro Bono Innovator at Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc. and combined teaching and public interest law while serving as Practitioner in Residence for the Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic and as staff attorney for the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic and Senior Citizens Law Program at Touro Law Center. She is a Small Claims Arbitrator in the Suffolk County District Courts and sits as the Associate Village Justice in the Village of Lake Grove. She also teaches law and ethics courses at Suffolk County Community College. She is a graduate of Dickinson College and Touro Law Center, and is admitted to the New York State Bar.